Tackling E-waste in the Home and Office *

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Earth911.com Quiz #10: Tackling E-waste in the Home and Office


Electronics and computing have transformed everyday life, but at a price to the environment that, with dedicated recycling and smart buying decisions, can be paid back over the next several decades. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the e-waste challenge and your opportunity to make a difference.


Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes to test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products and dispose of unwanted items.

How much e-waste is produced in the United States annually?


Electronics — from radios and MP3 players to flat-screen TVs and computers — have become a part of life around the world. EPEAT, a global independent verification program for corporate sustainability claims, estimates that 40 percent of the heavy metals in landfills comes from electronics.


How much e-waste does the United States produce each year?

How much gold, silver and platinum in electronics goes unrecycled annually?


The United States recycles only 12 percent of its e-waste. What is the dollar value, according to EPEAT, an organization that monitors corporate recycling compliance, of unrecycled gold, silver and platinum in the U.S. annually?

What’s an eco-friendly way to dispose of a working PC?


Americans toss out working electronics every day. Making one PC requires 530 pounds of fossil fuel, 48 pounds of chemicals and 396 gallons of water to produce, yet many are thrown out before they stop working.


What’s the most environmentally responsible way to dispose of that PC you think is running too slowly?

How many states ban electronics in landfills?


As the volume of e-waste grows, some states have moved to ban throwing electronics in the trash. How many states currently restrict e-waste in landfills?

Which electronics retailers offer recycling or trade-in programs?


That old MP3 player, mobile phone or laptop may put cash in your pocket. As we’ve seen, electronics contain many valuable components that can be re-used in new products. The fastest way to make some money or save on your next purchase is to trade in electronics at a retailer or computer store.


Which retailers offer trade-in and responsible recycling programs? Select all the correct answers.






This quiz was originally published on May 15, 2018.



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